GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The flood waters are receding and revealing the damage the current left behind, like some of the sidewalk at the 6th Street Park in Grand Rapids.
However, it appears that damage like that to sidewalks, roads and bridges is minimal around Grand Rapids and the metro area.
Kent County Road Commission Maintenance Director Jerry Byrne had crews out inspecting roadways and bridges for flood damage this week. Ada Drive in Ada and the bridge that takes Thornapple River Drive traffic over the Thornapple River are just two examples of roadways and bridges checked by Kent County engineers.
"For the most part, we came through this pretty good," Jerry Byrne told 24 Hour News 8.
MDOT has also sent teams out to check their roads and bridges.
Engineers also inspected dams in Kent County and found them to be in good shape.
The water still has to recede in some locations before inspectors can take a closer look and get a better damage assessment. Byrne says despite some of the worst flooding in the area in decades, the infrastructure appear to have weathered the storm. He is pleased with the current state of Kent County bridges.
"We've been inspecting these bridges from last Friday on...daily. If we saw something that would indicate structural damage, we would know about it. We may find some washing that needs to be taken care of. Stabilization of the banks may have to be taken care of . But structurally we look really good," Byrne said.
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